Lancaster Conservancy Board Slate of Officers
Board President: Sara Lamichane
Board Vice Chair: Eric Nordstrom
Board Treasurer & Chair of Finance/Audit Committee: Jennifer Lauver
Board Secretary: Alex Snyder
Immediate Past Board Chair: John F. Pyfer, Jr.
Chair of Land Protection: Chris Ginder
Chair of Community Impact: Julie Jones
Chair of Stewardship: Jamie Rottmund
Nominees for the Lancaster Conservancy Board
Silas Chamberlin, PhD, is Vice President of Economic and Community Development at the York County Economic Alliance, a position in which he serves as Executive Director of the Redevelopment Authority of the County of York and oversees a variety of economic financing, business attraction, entrepreneurship, and workforce development initiatives throughout York County. He founded and oversees the York County Trail Towns program – now active in 7 communities – and is leading development of the $75 million Codorus Greenway, the largest green infrastructure project in the City of York’s history. On behalf of the York County Commissioners, Silas leads the YoCo Strong Recovery Task Force, which has advised the county on the allocation of $132 million in federal recovery funds and the YoCo Fiber Broadband Task Force, which is advancing a $27 million investment in countywide broadband. He is currently an adjunct professor of economics and urban revitalization at York College.
Silas holds a PhD in environmental history from Lehigh University and a certificate in commercial real estate development from Cornell University. He is the author of On the Trail: A History of American Hiking, published by Yale University Press in 2016. Silas is past chair of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council Board of Directors and currently serves as a Governor’s appointee to Pennsylvania’s Conservation & Natural Resources Advisory Council.
I live and have grown up in York County surrounded by forest, farmland and county parks. I grew up in the outdoors and love anything that can be done in the outdoors, even in the coldest months. My family has taught me to value philanthropy, community involvement and conservation. I am extremely interested in learning about topics that my formal education did not touch on and seek to put that knowledge into practice. I regularly enjoy books on conservation, preservation, soil science, habitat restoration and wildlife management. My wife and I enjoy various outdoor activities together; this spring we have completed a habitat restoration project neighboring our home and have more planned. My current community involvement includes a trustee seat on the York County Parks Foundation Board which supports The York County Parks with land acquisition and improvement projects.